Top management consulting
You may have wondered as well: mankind is able to survive on the moon, in polar ice and creates air-conditioned skyscrapers. We learn Japanese, calculus, and how to make an outstanding soufflé. Why is it that tasks like using a new IT interface, distributing responsibility within a team in a fair way, adapting one’s behavior to a new strategy or shifting a business model from technical perfection to customer-focus pose such a big challenge to us?
Even though evolution taught us to adapt to various extreme conditions, our brain strives for stability. We tend to be stagnant and a change of behavior requires the authentic insight “I want to, can, may, and must change myself.”
We use change management to help our clients master change challenges – typically within a period of 18 to 36 months. Change management comprises the structured administration of a range of methods that help people want to, can, may, and must change their mindsets and behavior.
Change management’s core elements
What is our approach? Pragmatic diagnostics, e.g., using confidential depth interviews and goal-oriented communication, e.g., in creative and interactive large group events, are indispensable for every change process. Conception and realization of actions like “What does it mean for me?” workshops, individual and team coachings, the adaptation of incentive and compensation systems or job descriptions vary with the business topic that is the background of the change. Topics like strategy implementation, cultural development, post merger integration, topteam development, or change to support a business project like an IT roll-out.
What is so special about us?
We reeeally shape change with our clients, using all change knowledge, experience, and methods available in the world. We unite seriousness with humor, intellect with personal warmth, well-structured work with social competence, and professionalism with enthusiasm. We are “perpetrators of conviction” for change and try to do our part in making the world a better place.
This is not only to make everyone feel good, but because it leads to the best results – for the individual, the team, and the entire company.
Contrary to common assumptions, change management is NOT interchangeable with communication even though communicatoin is a particularly important part of change management.
Change communication resembles the dernière in theater: both story and messages are carefully planned, but as the People involve Play pranks on each other, the ability to respond flexibly and confidently is required.
One can’t determine communicative tools previously in a meaningful way and then roll them out in a straight line. You can compare it to a meeting, a negotiation, or a conflict: You may enter with a clear strategy, but ultimately you have to improvise and go with the flow. Thus, the competence to design precise communication concepts from scratch whilst still keeping enough flexibility to mold unstable situations is essential. We succeed in doing that also for large corporations.
Strategic communication concept
A strategic communication concept serves as the frame for change communication. In cooperation with our Clients, we develop it in 5 steps:
What makes Timmermann outstanding in change communication?
Remember the last sentence someone told you and that was downright engraved in your memory?
Chances are high that it didn’t only address your rational thinking but also touched you on an emotional level. This aspect is key to our communication approach: we are used to comprehend people in-depth, including their attitudes, emotions, values, and needs. Thus, we support our clients in addressing these different layers of human interaction in their own change communication.
Emotional, yet cognitively insightful, experiences are the main drivers for change. We call them “moments of truth”. Anyone who can recall Martin Luther King’s speech at the Washington Monument understands why it energized such a great number of people to work persistently for the enormous cultural change to follow. We help to create those “moments of truth”, e.g., in large group events
In our understanding, a strategy is a portfolio of initiatives that help reach main goals which in sum operationalize a vision.
Most strategies however, are not implemented to the satisfaction of their creators. There is the common misperception of the board and their aides as a big brain that works out new strategies which then “just are to be executed” by managers and employees.
Reality paints a different picture. Even very precise and detailed implementation plans tend to fail or leave gaps.
Difficulties in strategy implementation
Written material and lectures don’t suffice to fully make sense of and eventually live a strategy. Oftentimes, neither managers nor employees have sufficient resources – time, energy, capability, or motivation – to derive the concrete implications from a new strategy for their own daily business without real change support.
It takes both enormous cognitive and emotional effort to really consider a strategy in daily decision processes. This issue especially remains elusive to the ones already familiar with the strategy. Due to an “expert bias” they tend to not understand the difficulties and therefore are unable to help solve them.
Above that, it takes the first attempt of the strategy implementation to uncover its potential snags and loopholes just as questions that still need to be answered. It is elementary to plan for necessary iteration loops, otherwise reality could easily thwart all plans
What successful implementation looks like
The successful strategy implementation projects we have accompanied so far followed two basic principles:
Naturally, top management should always decide on the strategy’s basic features. But for the key leaders in middle management really to commit to the strategy, it is crucial to engage them early in the thought process as well. That is, they should have worked through alternatives and different arguments themselves – before the strategy is well-prepared and ready for presentation. That establishes the Basis to take responsibility during implementation – something often missed by top leaders. Decisions and strategies improve in their content as another positive consequence of a moderate participative approach
Our unique Timmermann contribution
We don’t just shape the implementation process of a preliminarily approved strategy. We also use our experience in classical top management strategy consulting to improve your strategy development itself. We always consider the “hard” and “soft” aspects. Together with our clients, we conduct concrete analyses, help with clear storylining, moderate the (partly participative) strategy development process, enhance creativity, and prepare the implementation while still considering its practicability. This combination enables you to develop a clear and extraordinary strategy that everyone can easily grasp and eventually fully live
The fish rots from the head down. If the leadership team doesn’t really work as a team– how is the organization supposed to? Leadership teams usually consist of experienced, intelligent, successful, and sometimes narcissistic “alphas”. It’s not uncommon that the individual board members, directors or top managers compete with each other. On top, their calendars hardly allow them to take care of the “soft” topics which eventually have a strong effect on their own and the company’s performance:
Of course, a “topteam” already possesses these skills – right? For that which must not, cannot be. However, part of every good team is continuous improvement and learning as an open learning community. So even if you think, your topteam is already good – let’s make it greater! It’s worth the effort
Elements of topteam development
Based on pragmatic diagnostics, several days lasting topteam trainings at extraordinary locations are combined with measures in daily business (such as meeting shadowing, team Coaching, and optional individual coaching). The topteam is bound together with more closeness and trust conglomerates and pushes its cooperation to the top performance levels all excellent members already possess as individuals.
To do so, the topteam needs to allow itself to go through a real team development process. Investing time in this process is one of the best choices a company and a topteam can make. That implies working intensely on the team’s cooperation over a period of 6-12 months with intermittent interventions. No worries, appetite comes with eating, because at the beginning, topteams often are not ready to commit to such a process.
We often use a topteam development process as the starting-point of the change process, e.g., for a serious cultural development process in the company. This makes the change process a lot more credible and leads more quickly to success
What’s special about Timmermann team development processes
We contribute our creativity, appreciative warmth, and concentrated expertise as coaches, moderators, psychologists, and consultants to the fullest. Doing so, we approach every topteam member on eye-level. We help them work on their conflicts in an appreciative and very direct way. We have an unusual number and quality of methods and our team trainers are among the best in the world.
The team experiences an eye-opening team development journey in which they internalize 10 secrets of high performance teams and run through 4 phases
When it comes to diagnostics in change processes, usually three questions arise:
Benefits of change diagnostics
A pragmatic diagnostic phase at the beginning of a change process helps our clients in a number of ways:
1. Everyone involved gets a better understanding of the challenges. The current status, the necessary changes and their reasons and the goal become clearer. The combination of our psychological expertise and solid top management consulting skills enables us to proceed in a structured, pragmatic, and profound way. Our clients get an idea of the underlying reasons of various dynamics in their company. At the same time, complex interrelations and a concrete frame of important starting points are uncovered in the structured analysis of our diagnostic results. Only diagnostics enable us to design really goal-oriented and customized/tailored actions
2. Diagnostic measures enable us to estimate a client’s „change readiness“ (e.g., with the change readiness survey). We discover right at the beginning …:
3. Diagnostics also serve as a first intervention. Leaders and employees realize that something is starting to happen and that their engagement is important. Their personal reflection for example may start with depth-interviews with a representative cross-section of the organization.
In a “mirror workshop” the top leaders and those people otherwise involved in the project are confronted with the results. This is where we have the courage to reeeally address critical topics directly – even in “shoot the messenger” cultures.
Design diagnostics pragmatically
No worries, we keep the assessment pragmatic and efficient, e.g., by only conducting depth-interviews with a representative sample. We also use brief diagnostic workshops and customized short surveys, so called “pulse checks”.
If you want to get a quick idea of one or more of your sites, we recommend our “rapid scan” which aims at identifying the core problems of the organization in only a few weeks and also collects first solution approaches.
Measure change success
Many clients attach importance, at least at the beginning of a change process, to know clearly which quantifiable results will proove success.
Our answer to that consists of two parts:
There are a number of reasonable methods to measure success quantitatively. A successfully implemented strategy will show in for instance increased revenue of new, strategically important products. A truly lived new efficiency culture will reflect in the average duration of meetings. Surveys about employee satisfaction, pulse check results – there is an array of methods. It is important to be action-oriented in the analysis of KPIs, to focus on a small number of really important KPIs and to have a clear analytical understanding of the relations between the KPIs, e.g., with the help of a “value driver tree”.
However, for the “soft side” of the change process, your personal feeling can be a just as relevant and valid indicator. Highest efficiency, for example, can only be achieved on a basis of trust. Trying to create a standardized process and a rule for everything in order to “force” people to be efficient does just the opposite. In an environment of trust, the amount of endless discussions and political detours reduces drastically. And this you can feel as soon as you enter a room.
Often this clear tangible feeling of success makes clients devaluate the importance of a detailed measurement of the change process’ success. They replace the motto “what you can’t measure you can’t manage” with “leadership is more important than management”
Are you familiar with at least some of these thoughts about cultural development?
To begin with, we want to make the topic a bit catchier with the following minimal definition of business culture: “The way we do things around here”. This includes how managers lead their teams, how we treat each other and ourselves, how we make decisions, how efficient, effective, and cross-silo people work as well as how open to new experiences and how entrepreneurial they are
The biggest challenges in working on corporate culture
Many decision makers in organizations would like to have the opportunity to actively design their corporate culture. Especially big and/or long-existing companies often have an urgent demand for a development from risk aversion to increased renewal and from individualism to more collectivism. This development is necessary to enter new markets, master digitization, respond more flexibly to clients’ needs, be efficient, and achieve high employee satisfaction and engagement.
Some – unsuccessfully – try to change culture with a “managerial attitude”. That is, they focus on processes, clear quantitative goal-setting, giving instructions, and changing structures. Others simply give up and come to the conclusion that a blurry concept like culture just isn’t in their sphere of influence.
Actively design culture
To make cultural development more tangible and transfer it to daily business, changes in the “How?” should be tied to concrete changes in the “What?”. A specific leadership style, for example, supports the development of new products.
However, during such a process, a few aspects remain open that can and should be managed: Frequent employee appraisals with supporting processual and content guidelines may somewhat increase leadership quality, for example.
True cultural development however, only occurs if a critical mass of individuals work on their individual behavioral and thought patterns, supporting each other in doing so. That leads to a change of how things are done in the daily “How?”. People treat each other differently, dare to step out of their comfort zone and come to a new definition of their roles as employees and leaders.
Some people believe that humans just aren’t able to really change. Creeds like “You either are a born leader or you aren’t a leader at all” reduce people’s confidence in their ability to change.
From a psychological and empirical point of view, that is just wrong. Many characteristics, also personality traits, are not completely innate or unchangeable. With the right amount of motivation and professional and cooperative support extensive change is possible, even probable.
Concrete actions in the Timmermann style
In order to develop a company culture consciously, we work very closely with our clients in a transformational relationship. Together, we set up a specific program that works through concrete measures, e.g.:
Our psychological expertise and our change spirit help us to explain exactly why and how changes in cultural and individual patterns are possible. At the same time, we enable our clients to really understand and change themselves
Have you ever worked on a functional project that bogged down even though the content solution was a good one? When your employees, e.g., didn’t …
The principle is always the same: the required mindset and behavior changes haven’t yet gotten through to the people.
Often, this is because at the beginning no one had thought through which concrete mindset and behavioral changes were actually required by the functional project. Or it was underestimated how difficult or unpleasant it was for people to behave in the new way
Use change management
In order for such change processes to work you should use change management in two ways:
To achieve that good functional solutions are fully understood and accepted, it is crucial to integrate future users early-on in the thought process. Participation is no synonym for grassroots democracy. Clear guidelines should be set, within which people can shape things. It’s not about fulfilling everyone’s wishes.
However, if the solution will most likely be better if more people give input, you should make sure this happens. Also, if participation increases the probability of implementation in your specific situation, this is another sign that you should ensure participation. change instead of coming to allegedly better Solutions.
Clean and smooth implementation addresses the concrete desired and needed mindsets and behaviors. It uses all 4 change levers to really transfer the change to the individual. In process optimization, e.g., the following measures might help:
We are experienced change consultants as well as clasically trained strategy consultants. This enables us to orchestrate not only workshop series but also big and complex projects that cover all 4 change levers also in large organizations.
If required, we also support our clients in strategic and functional questions with content-specific sparring or support in participative processes
The deal is signed. The board members of two former independent companies are now facing each other with the same question in their eyes: “Who’s the boss?”. Middle management is arming as well: Who is going to be head of R&D? Who is going to lead sales? The game is on.
It is common knowledge that mergers and acquisitions bear a high risk. Empirics suggest that 50-80% of M&As don’t reach their Goals, many even have a negative effect on shareholder value. Battles for power amongst leaders is only one of many typical change challenges.
Most M&As fail for one of the following reasons:
Nevertheless, M&A are often a very effective if not even the only way to enable rapid growth or seize new markets.
How can you minimize an M&A deals’s risk to fail?
Generally, the answer is simple: From the beginning onwards you need to consider the clean strategic, processual, and structural business integration as well as employees’ and leaders’ mindsets and behaviors. This includes a proactively steering the handling of the different corporate cultures.
However, caring starts even before the actual merger with a cultural due diligence. How well does the culture of the target company fit your own? What opportunities and risks are likely to emerge in this area?
Good change diagnostics and a great change concept is required when the actual integration starts at the latest. It enables foreseeing typical human dynamics in an integration process and dealing with them, e.g., high uncertainty.
Topteam development – a very important step at the beginning of the integration
M&As that start with a development of the (partly newly assembled) topteam are more successful. Professional disagreements and interpersonal conflicts at this level usually inhibit the integration crucially and impede the use of synergies.
In an intensive team development process, the topteam can build a new level of trust and establish a great mode of working together. At the same time, their leadership qualities in the special merger context can be improved and facilitate a smooth integration process that yields the desired benefits.
Our special competence for M&A
It is one of our core competences to shape instable and insecure situations. Structuredness, human warmth at the same time and professional change knowledge help us to provide more security and clarity. We especially empower leaders to give more of the latter. We are equipped with partly self-developed and road-tested tools, actions, and models as well as the necessary experience to shape cultural integration in a way that facilitates combining the best of two worlds. We are a very active member of the German M&A Association and give regular lectures on the topic.
Strategy, structures, processes, and systems have a big impact on companies’ success . They are at the core of almost all activities of top managers dominating the agenda of boards and project portfolios.
The topics are very diverse. Ranging from growth strategies over reorganization, process optimization, and restructuring to the enhancement of core IT-systems. In theory, these concepts are clear and simple. In practice, however, businesses often fail to push these changes quickly and successfully.
Our experience shows there are 3 main reasons why business projects fail:
Doing it better
We would love to support you with our unique combination of classical strategy consulting and psychologically sound change expertise in order to conceptualize and implement your big topics. Among others our fields of expertise are strategic development and implementation, product development, innovation revamps, organizational design, development and implementation of mission statements and M&A processes.
How is Timmermann special in this?
Based on our expertise in classical strategy consulting firms like McKinsey, we combine high analytical and conceptual quality with our unique co-creation approach. This enables us to quickly provide high quality concepts that are goal-oriented, analytically structured, and aiming for a long-term development of your strategic competitive advantage. Additionally, we work with leaders and employees in a way that your expertise in the industry and business is fully integrated and you are happy with the result.
We use our competency as change managers in order to strengthen entrepreneurship, the responsibility taking and striving for success. We do so by using coaching, sparring, and participation within guidelines to foster individual insight processes. We also use interactive and strategic communication and implementation concepts to entirely think through the implementation process. Our clients especially appreciate how we combine both “hard” and “soft” factors, often even within one meeting.
We focus on the question “Why?” and “How?” with the same clarity and professionalism as on the “What?” question. This allows us to shape change with you, such as mission statement development processes through experienced moderators addressing the true key points
Many companes are familiar with the following unpleasant scenario: Business results at least in some units are disappointing, yet many people feel overworked. Nobody finds the time to do things that are important but not really urgent. Strategy, Leadership, and teamwork are neglected and everybody works on emergency projects. Talented people leave, partially because they are overwhelmed, partially because they are not challenged. The bottom line is not satisfying and stress spreads throughout the company.
How can you break this vicious cycle?
Timmermann Partners is the ideal partner to for a performance transformation
We will use our strength of being the market leader in the combination of change and strategy to support you.
We adhere to a reeeally holistic approach and are able to spontaneously and flexibly intervene where it adds the most value to a permanent performance transformation. We do so regardless of the task being a quantitative analysis, a team conflict resolution, providing guidance to insecure leadership or adjusting your portfolio of different business areas.
We use a variety of twists to shorten programs and achieve results quickly. For instance, we use mixed group workshops and combine skill development with usable work results in practical workshops to avoid interface problems early on. Using hypothesis-based thinking and pragmatic key figures we help to find a way through the confusing jungle of facts. Besides, we are flexible enough to switch between CEO coaching and operative support of teams in one day.
“What do we want to do and what not?” This question lies at the core of the supreme discipline in consulting: strategy development.
There are many occasions, e.g., the start of a new board or CEO, crises, or a change in the value chain, the desire to grow or entrepreneurial spirit.
In any case this means that every relevant aspect will be questioned in order to eventually develop a promising, clear, and practical strategy.
At least that’s the theory. In reality, this process fails more often than it succeeds. Managers get lost in details of individual analyses. Some board members have extreme visions, which are neither based on facts nor easily put into practice. Caught between stepwise adaptation of the existing strategy and a complete revolution there is often no success at all.
With globalization, digitization, and financial crises, strategy development becomes even more complex. We live in a volatile world, that changes quickly and unpredictably making it difficult for management teams to adapt their strategy. Consequently, besides the question “What?” the questions “Why?” and “How?” are becoming increasingly important. Answering these questions provides orientation and helps to adapt strategies more quickly without being arbitrary. This can also be done decentralized and close to the current market.
How does goal-oriented, pragmatic, and high quality strategy development work in a volatile world?
Our unique combination of strategic top management consulting and psychological change expertise is ideal for strategy development
We manage the entire strategy development process. This may include developing guiding principles (mission, values, vision), creating a strategy story, conflict resolution in the leadership team, prioritizing and implementing core analyses, teaching methods to involved Managers, and coaching of key people.
We take on many different roles – strategy consultant (based on our experience in classical strategy consulting firms like McKinsey and BCG), moderator, coach, trainer, mediator, communication expert, mentor, and feedback provider. Depending on the management team’s needs, we might even spontaneously switch roles in the middle of a meeting.
From the beginning, we think through strategy development, communication, and implementation together in order to avoid typical mistakes.
We use a variety of unconventional methods, e.g.:
Good corporate guiding principles are an essential piece of a company: A clear mission statement makes managers and employees proud. The shared values are lived in daily interactions and are considered in smaller and bigger decisions. An inspiring vision will motivate and make employees smile. It is also a guideline for any important decision: Will this get us closer to realizing our vision?
Unfortunately, reality if often different:
The basics: good corporate guiding principles
Corporate guiding principles need to be simple and easy to understand in order for them to serve their powerful purpose. Evidently, these principles are based on many complex thoughts. In workshops specifically tailored to developing these principles, leaders will need to make many essential and future-oriented decisions. Sooner or later employees of other hierarchical levels should also be involved in this process. These efforts will pay off later on. Good guiding principles will have a powerful impact and determine the company’s direction.
The finalized version of the corporate guiding principles should be simple. The mission is one single, easily comprehensible sentence stating the organization’s “reason of existence”. It is strongly related to the organizational identity and states what exactly the organization is primarily committed to. An example of the Ritz-Carlton hotels: “We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen”.
Ideally, the values should be only a few principles. They convey a clear idea of the behavior that is appropriate for and desired by the organization. They also explain how individual employees can apply the organization’s mission in everyday life. Therefore, values provide real guidelines for daily behavior. Using some examples of Ritz-Carlton hotels:
Ideally, the vision is one single inspiring sentence describing the future the organization is headed towards. It should be ambitious but realistic given hard work and a little luck. Compared to the organizational mission and values, the vision is usually not public but only internally addressed
The implementation: truly living the guiding principles
Good guiding principles are the starting point of entrepreneurial goals and strategies. All goals and strategic initiatives can be evaluated according to their contribution to reaching the organizational vision. Therefore, the guiding principles help to focus. A strategy development project is a way of using the corporate guiding principles effectively. In addition, the guiding principles should provide an orientation for managers and employees for daily decisions and actions. The mission, values, and vision need to become common cultural assets in the company to fulfill this purpose.
We use “What do the guiding principles mean for me?” workshops to develop with individual units and teams how these principles will impact the unit and its individual employees. The short and easily comprehensible guiding principles need to be omnipresent, for instance on business cards, in tea kitchens, in email footers and personal conversations. In fact, implementing guiding principles are not a project but a continuous process.
The Timmermann effect on corporate guiding principles
Using clear logic and the classical consultant skills “simplify and structure” we help our clients develop thought-out and comprehensible guiding principles. Additionally, we bring creativity into the process through our energy, happiness, and method know how. We use change expertise already throughout the guiding principles development in order to involve the extended leadership team that plays a crucial role in the implementation. Being experienced in cultural development processes, we also manage to make the “soft side” of the guiding principles more tangible.
In “due diligences”, purely economical criteria usually have priority. Many studies show, however, that the main reason for why many M&A activities fail is the neglect of so-called soft aspects such as culture and leadership.
Do you remember the merger of Daimler and Chrysler in 1998? Different portfolios and client bases – the merger could have been a great success. Unfortunately, especially some of the soft factors did not match. For instance, take a look at cooperation and values. While Daimler embraced more authoritative communication and quality, Chrysler valued team orientation and cheap prices. The cultural aspects of the merger were virtually not managed. It did not end well.
Look out for a cultural fit
In a cultural due diligence, we put an emphasis on soft factors, e.g.,:
We use customized methods for our clients, such as depth interviews, structured observations, document analysis, employee interviews, and cultural diagnostic workshops. Based on the results of these analyses and our experience with M&A activities we derive potentials and risks helping our clients to make investment decisions based on all important factors including the soft ones.
We do not only support before the merger/acquisition
Our clients really appreciate it when we use the insights of a cultural due diligence in case of a positive M&A decision in the time that follows. We help develop, plan and apply actions to facilitate the merger and leverage synergies. Handling the typically strong feelings of insecurity through appropriate communication and tangible trust building exercises, is a crucial success factor. If desired, we support our clients throughout the culture development process for the new company. Ideally, the best of both worlds is merged embarking on a journey towards a new and even better joint culture.
Timmermann combines strategy and culture
We are not only organizational psychologists and culture experts but also former consultants in leading strategy consultancies like McKinsey & BCG. This is why we also grasp the strategic fit of two companies tailoring the (also cultural) integration of the companies according to their strategy. You’re welcome to find out more about our M&A change approach. We are a very active member of the German M&A Association and give regular lectures on the topic.
Whether it’s strong growth, building new business fields, M&A, or a new strategy – whenever a company is tackling something big, there will be a point when the existing organizational structure is no longer a fit. A new organizational design is needed following the strategy because the structural design of your company has a significant impact on the efficiency and cooperation of your employees and thus the success of your business. 3 statements on this:
In the worst case a reorganization brings about tons of work, conflict, and difficulties dealing with change. Results may not fulfill expectations.
How to best solve the problems of a reorganization?
First of all, you need a clean, analytical understanding of the organizational options and their implications.
Before starting to shuffle around boxes in org charts, a workflow analysis and visualization, a process structure mapping, a stakeholder analysis and an analysis of leadership and hierarchical levels may help to gain a basic understanding for the new design.
Secondly, the decision-making process as well as communication and implementation need to be clear and participative in nature.
Neither pure top-down decisions nor mass discussions under the umbrella of “grassroots democracy” are particularly useful. Instead, big decisions need to be made quickly and on a sound basis in the upper leadership team and then be communicated in a way that detail solutions can be developed integrating important stakeholders in a second step. It is helpful to test and simulate processes early to avoid lengthy planning cycles and mistakes due to a lack of practical experience. Regarding the implementation, it is crucial to consider all 4 change levers, e.g., using a clear change story with personal communication and skill building or defining and practicing new roles.
Thirdly, every reorganization needs to be embedded in a holistic vision of the organization, e.g., using pragmatic but in-depth change diagnostics in workshops and depth interviews as well as related further actions in order to tackle the roots of problems underlying the need for a reorganization.
The Timmermann combination
We would love to support you throughout your reorganization process. As the market leader in combining strategy and change management consulting, we go through the entire process with you. Starting with diagnostics and analyses, throughout the moderation of significant decision-making processes to even the implementation. We will serve as process moderators and analytical Consultants, if you’d like us to.
We combine organizational psychology with business expertise as well as our competence as change consultants in order to make your reorganization a success. Our consultants are fast at designing a clear analytical and diagnostic basis for the decision-making process including the simulation of significant implications. We are at your side as Moderators, systematically dealing with the obstacles and (often hidden) representations of individual interests. We prepare you as your trainers for professionally handling “losers” and delivering “bad news” (incl. layoffs, if need be). We also support you as Coaches in the process of communication and participative development of detail solutions.
Besides the classical change methods, we also use specific tools, e.g.:
What do long product cycle times, firefighting actions, and frustrating meetings have in common? Correct – often these are the result of inefficient processes. It does not matter if you build airplanes, manage facilities, develop software, or invest money: Processes are everywhere and mostly they have either historically grown into the wrong direction or were flawed from the start.
Additionally, the pressure on the company rises constantly:
This is why processes and requirement changes are often insufficiently adjusted rather than reassessed or fundamentally developed. Although this might help in the short term, it complicates the process and especially the interface with other processes in the long term.
Using process optimization methods, we stabilize and accelerate our clients’ processes. That is explicitly not to say that we want the same work to be done faster but to achieve the same results with as little effort as possible.
The phases of process optimization
Usually, we work on the process optimization together with a team from the client side.
Why process optimization with Timmermann Partners?
It is an understatement to say that it is frustrating for clients to spend a large amount of time and energy on developing processes, that are eventually not put into practice and only serve as expensive slides.
We do not only have the experience in analysis, design, and implementation of processes. We also know where and how exactly employees need to be integrated, routines retrained, customers surveyed, interfaces considered, trainings conducted, key people coached and inspiration created. Without change there won’t be sustainability. We do not only support our clients at one-time process optimization but also on the journey towards a highly flexible organization with continuously self-optimizing processes.